VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The news of the deaths of 30 American service members, a number of them SEALs, has many digging deep into their hearts, and even their pockets, to help those mourning their loved ones who died in that helicopter crash.
Wave Church in Virginia Beach was packed with military families and friends at service Sunday morning. After Saturday's tragedy in Afghanistan, Sunday's message couldn't be more appropriate.
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act," read Wave Senior Pastor, Steve Kelly, from the Book of Proverbs to the church.
The Wave community does, in fact, plan to take action.
"We're going to give 10 percent of what comes in this morning and tonight to Naval Special Warfare Foundation because we love our military and we are grieving with our community. We're part of the community, aren't we church?" said Kelly.
With that, members gave what they could to help fill the families of the fallen with hope. Word spread quickly of Wave church's giving.
"A friend of mine in Oklahoma, a pastor over there, Willie George, Church on the Move, says he's going to send a check for $20,000 to help give to this as well," says Kelly.
"We actually have a network of churches all across the United States who, as well, are taking 10% of their offering and we're going to give together. We've had people as far away as Hawaii calling and saying, 'Hey, we want in.'" says Clayton Ritter, associate pastor of Wave Church.
Military veterans are thankful for the support saying no matter how many lives were lost a tragedy is still a tragedy.
"I think it feels the same amount of pain whether it is one life, but when you hear that 30 passed on, it's probably affecting thousands," says Kevin O'Dea, Navy Veteran.
That is one of the many reasons this community of worship stepped up and raised it's hand to say "I will help" and it hopes you will do the same.
"We love our military. We love them dearly and we thank God for them and we want them to know we love them," says Kelly.
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